Interview Tips for Success
Job Interview Tips For Success
(Adapted from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
An interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared. The following information provides some helpful hints.
Preparing for the Job Interview
Learn at least a little about the organization.
Have a specific job or jobs in mind that you’d be interested in but be as open as possible.
Review your qualifications for the job.
Be ready to briefly describe your experience, showing how it relates it the job.
Be ready to answer broad questions, such as “Why should I hire you?” “Why do you want this job?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Practice an interview with a friend or relative.
Your Personal appearance:
Be well groomed.
Do not chew gum or smoke.
Don’t wear too much jewelry, makeup, cologne, or other accessories.
Items and Information to Bring to The Interview
Social Security card.
Government-issued identification (driver’s license).
Resume or application. Although not all employers require a resume, you should be able to furnish the interviewer information about your education, training, and previous employment.
References. Employers typically require three references. Get permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.
Transcripts. Employers may require an official copy of transcripts to verify grades, coursework, dates of attendance, and highest grade completed or degree awarded.
Be early. One more time: BE EARLY!.
Learn the name of your interviewer and greet him or her with a firm handshake.
Use good manners with everyone you meet, from the time you enter the door. You never know who you might be interacting with. Your future boss maybe.
Relax and answer each question concisely. You don’t have to go overboard. Be cordial.
Use proper English—avoid slang.
Be cooperative and enthusiastic.
Use body language to show interest—use eye contact and don’t slouch.
Ask questions about the position and the organization, but avoid questions whose answers can easily be found on the company Web site.
Also avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made.
Thank the interviewer when you leave and shake hands.
Send a short thank you note immediately following the interview. Although we live in an increasingly digital world, a hand-written note can have a favorable impact.
Politely follow-up 3-7 days after the interview.
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